January 3, 2013
Every day, they sit alone in their offices, writing about love, passion, romance. They bring to life muscled heroes, dangerous vixens, strong heroines — lovers all — then put enormous obstacles in the way of the would-be lovers so they must struggle for that happily-ever-after. The members of the Maryland Romance Writers meet once a month at the Arbutus Library to discuss the craft and business of writing the most popular genre of fiction in America. Their books are among the more than $1.3 billion worth of romance novels sold in a year.
November 7, 2012
The storm now afflicting New York and New Jersey and nearby states is either a northeaster or a nor'easter. Northeaster is the older term, its first citation in the Oxford English Dictionary dating from 1753. Nor'easter blew in from the sea much later, first cited in a translation of Aristophanes' Knights by B.D. Walsh in 1837. Nor'easter , from the citations in the OED , appears to have been strongly dialectical, as in A.R. Ammons's Glare : "Well, it's Easter morning right now, with a nor'easter, out-of-whack, whipper-jawed, eight-inch dump load of snow on the ground.
October 29, 2012
Renowned for unique auction items at its annual Gala, the Harford County Public Library Foundation recently added a catered lunch for six with New York Times bestselling author Jeff Shaara to its live auction. The auction will take place at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Abingdon Library during the Library's Gala, Once Upon a Time - an Evening in the Stacks. Shaara has written 11 historical war novels that have made the New York Times bestseller list and will also be the feature author for the Foundation's annual Night Out @ the Library on April 19, 2013.
September 24, 2012
As October Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches, a new study has been gaining big attention today. Researchers doing what The New York Times calls the "first comprehensive genetic analysis of breast cancer" have named four genetically distinct types of breast cancer. While the new treatments expected to come from the research are years off, the study published Sunday in the journal Nature is considered a breakthrough, the newspaper reported. "This is the road map for how we might cure breast cancer in the future," Dr. Matthew Ellis of Washington University, a researcher for the study, told The New York Times.
July 16, 2012
Your coverage of Doug O'Neill, trainer of Preakness winner I'll Have Another, was truthful but not very careful ("I'll Have Another's treatment 'routine,'" July 13). Mr. O'Neill said he had not drugged his horses, and that was the end of the story. Except that Mr. O'Neill apparently lied to your reporter, and it wasn't the end of the story. The New York Times reported that, in fact, Mr. O'Neill and others had repeatedly drugged that horse. We are lucky we didn't have to watch as yet another horse break down before our eyes at the Preakness.
July 12, 2012
Veterinarians who examined Preakness winner I'll Have Another before and after the race at Pimlico Race Course said this week that he was healthy and that his medication regimen was not unusual. The New York Times reported that the colt, who also won the Kentucky Derby but scratched with a tendon injury a day before the Belmont Stakes, had suffered from osteoarthritis and was given "powerful painkillers and a synthetic joint fluid" in the days leading up to the final leg of the Triple Crown.
July 5, 2012
The New York Times at nytimes.com: "General Tlass was the son of another general, Mustafa Tlass, who was a close confidante of President Hafez al-Assad, father of the current president. " The elder General Tlass was presumably a man, and therefore a confidant . Confidante is the feminine form of the word. There are, in fact, two errors involved here, because a confidant/confidante is by definition a close, trusted friend or companion.
May 25, 2012
After eight days, 15 rides and who knows how much peculiarity, John Waters has wrapped his cross-country, "Zen-like," hitchhiking journey and plans to recount his adventures in a book he'd like to call "Carsick. " The New York Times just spoke to Waters, who's coming down from his adventure in San Francisco, where he has an apartment. We learned yesterday that Waters reached his destination in no small part thanks to a 20-year-old Maryland councilman , who drove the filmmaker through several legs of the trip and for his troubles, earned a key to Waters' San Francisco pad and a personal tour of the city.
May 11, 2012
Baltimore's own Stacy Keibler was front and center Thursday night for her boyfriend George Clooney's record-breaking fundraising fete for President Obama. She may have missed being at Clooney's side for the recent White House Correspondent's dinner. And she may have missed that state dinner that he attended a few months ago. But, ending speculation (at least for the moment) that the two of them are on the rocks, she wasn't going to miss this. Guests paid $40,000 each to be there.
April 23, 2012
We'll say this much: Trevor Pryce is an interesting fellow. The former Ravens defensive lineman penned a column for The New York Times this weekend , the point of which was to say that being retired at age 37 is boring. This is no doubt a fascinating piece of work. No less than Jason Whitlock, the Fox columnist who revels in his belief that he tells all of the most difficult truths, gave it a shout out on Twitter. And it's true that Pryce gives us a very vivid idea of what happens when the games are gone.